200 (2001 census). Census did not include all people in interior settlements.
Kerala state: Kozhihkode district, Ernad taluk; Malappuram district, Nilambur tahsil; Palakkad district; Tamil Nada and Karnataka states.
Vitality in Malappuram District questionable due to small population, no separate settlements, living with Malayalis. Low education level helps keep language stable. Mixed use: Home, village. Negative attitudes. Most also use Malayalam [mal].
A Scheduled Tribe. Traditional religion.